1A feeling of fear or anxiety about something that may happen: the men set off in fear and trepidation
More example sentences
- For from some deep reaches of my soul, an icy cold fear and trepidation had exploded upward.
- Selling a property in this country can be a fraught business, full of fear and trepidation and attended by frustration and delay at every point.
- This he did, in fear and trepidation, taking with him two other church workers who were accompanying him.
fear, apprehension, dread, fearfulness, apprehensiveness, agitation, anxiety, worry, nervousness, tension, misgivings, unease, uneasiness, foreboding, disquiet, disquietude, perturbation, discomposure, dismay, consternation, alarm, panic, trembling, jumpiness; Britishnerviness
informal butterflies, jitteriness, the jitters, a cold sweat, a blue funk, the heebie-jeebies, the willies, the shakes, the yips, the jim-jams, collywobbles, cold feet
British informal the (screaming) abdabs/habdabs
Australian rhyming slang Joe Blakes
late 15th century: from Latin trepidatio(n-), from trepidare 'be agitated, tremble', from trepidus 'alarmed'.